Without naming the film and its makers, Priyanka Chopra has recalled the time when a movie director had told her that her panties should be seen while performing in a seductive song. Her co-star Salman Khan had come to her rescue.
Priyanka Chopra might not been so active in Bollywood these days but she is currently making all the noise thanks to her intimate and shocking revelations about her life in her memoir, Unfinished. There are several pieces of her life that her fans were unaware of until now. She has recalled the time when a film director had told her that her panties should be seen while performing in a seductive song.
Without naming the film and its makers, Priyanka revealed that she had bagged a big Bollywood movie at the beginning of her career. She was strip while perform in a seductive song. She was supposed to remove clothes slowly one item at a time. Priyanka had suggested that she could have more layers of clothes such as jacket, stockings and a hair ribbon so that she could take it off one by one to make the four-minute long song more tantalizing.
The director asked Priyanka to speak to her stylist. As she passed on the phone, the director told the stylist, “Jo bhi ho, chaddiyan dikhni chahiye. Nahin toh log picture dekhne kyon aayenge?” (Whatever happens, panties should be seen. Otherwise, why would people come to watch the movie?)”
This statement from the director made Priyanka quit the film the very next day. She also revealed that she knew about shooting for a seductive song and her character demands to wear her sexuality on the sleeve. She was okay with that but she not with the way the director apparently used her as a mere commodity for titillation. “I am not whatever character I am playing, and I wasn’t willing to be directed by someone who saw me that way. Instead, I trusted my intuition and exited,” she said, according to a report in Bollywood Hungama.
Priyanka then went on to reveal that her co-star Salman Khan had come to her rescue. The superstar intervened on her behalf and defused the situation when the producer had arrived on the set. “My co-star Salman Khan, who was and is a huge star in India, understood the situation immediately and intervened on my behalf…when the producer arrived, he had a conversation with him that defused the situation. I’m not sure exactly what he said but the producer was in a much calmer state when he spoke to me,” she said.
However, she never told the producer the real reason behind her exit. “I was a newcomer in a patriarchal industry and I’d learned that it was better not to poke the bear. Keep your head down and keep smiling was the rule for the girls, and I was already pushing the boundaries. So rather than explaining what had happened, I told him I’d misunderstood the character and wasn’t comfortable playing her, and that I’d send a cheque to reimburse them for the two days they’d have to reshoot with someone else,” Priyanka concluded the chapter.